Administration

Kathy Bailey

Head of School, Admissions, and Human Resources

Kathy Bailey has a BA in both Elementary Education and Spanish from Houghton College and graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Bailey came to Clapham School in 2013 with over twenty years of teaching and school administration experience. Kathy and her husband have four grown children and two grandchildren. Kathy enjoys handwork, taking photos, traveling, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Bailey and her husband attend Bethel OPC in Wheaton.

Jason Barney

Academic Dean

Jason Barney earned his BA in Ancient Languages and English Literature from Wheaton College. In 2009 Jason joined the faculty of Clapham School and began building the Latin program and Middle School. In 2012 Jason was awarded the Henry Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Hillsdale College. In May 2014 Jason completed his MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College, where he received The Tenney Award in New Testament Studies. From 2015-2016 Jason taught Upper School Latin at The Geneva School of Orlando, while serving on the Clapham School Board of Directors. In his free time he enjoys strategy games, long discussions, and good books. Jason and his wife Ashley have a daughter named Alethea and are members at College Church.

Kolby Atchison

School Principal

Kolby Atchison holds a BA in Philosophy from Biola University and an MA in Systematic Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. While at Biola, Kolby studied great books in the Torrey Honors Institute and served as a chapter director for National School Project. His senior year he received the Outstanding Senior Thesis Presentation award for his paper on natural law ethics. In 2013, Kolby joined the faculty of Clapham School as Class Seven teacher and Athletic Director. In his free time Kolby enjoys traveling nationally and abroad, reading and writing about theology and education, serving in his local church, and spending time with his wife. He and his wife attend College Church.

Christine Escareño

Christine Escareño

Curriculum Coordinator

Christine Escareño graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Elementary Education and from National Louis University with an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. Christine served as a missionary in Mexico for ten years. Upon returning to the United States, Christine taught Elementary School in CUSD 200. Christine enjoys camping, baking, and spending time with her family. Christine, her husband and their four children attend Iglesia Del Pueblo in West Chicago. Mrs. Escareño has worked at Clapham School since 2010.

Faculty

Jenna Adams

Class One

Jenna Adams graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Learning and Organizational Change as well as a certificate in Civil Engagement. She went on to earn a MA in Elementary Education from Wheaton College while also completing an endorsement in teaching English as a Second Language. During her studies at Wheaton, Jenna had the opportunity to student teach in a first grade classroom in CUSD 200. Outside of school, she enjoys playing board games, going on walks, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Jenna and her husband attend Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park. Mrs. Adams joined the Clapham School faculty in 2017.

Emily Arnold

Administrative Assistant, Secondary School French

Emily Arnold received her BA from Wheaton College in Christian Education and Biblical Archaeology. She grew up in the French Alps where she learned to love the French language and culture. Emily now continues to share her deep passion with Clapham School students, so they may discover for themselves the beauty of cultures and be immersed in the French language. When not at Clapham, she enjoys translating texts, spending time outdoors and absorbing the colors and fragrance of flowers in bloom. Emily and her husband attend Redemption Bible Church in Mount Prospect. Mrs. Arnold joined the Clapham School faculty in 2015.

Erik Aulie

Class Seven, Upper School Spanish

Erik Aulie received a BA in Middle Eastern History from Biola University, and a MA in Kurdish Studies from the University of Exeter. He grew up in Mexico, where his grandparents and parents served as Bible translators and church-planters. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Erik moved to northern Iraq to teach History and Literature at the Classical School of the Medes. In recent years, he has been involved in building schools for displaced Yezidi children in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. Erik enjoys reading theology, history, and literature, while also following the ups and downs of Arsenal Football Club. Mr. Aulie joined the Clapham School faculty in 2018.

Steve Battaglia

Steve Battaglia

Lower and Middle School Latin and PE, Athletics

Steven Battaglia graduated from Grove City College with a BA in History and a Biblical Studies minor.  While a student at Grove City College, Steven led a campus ministry and counseled at Summer’s Best Two Weeks.  After graduation, Steven spent time teaching at a home co-op.  Outside of school, Steven is passionate about spending time with his wife and two boys, reading good books, playing basketball, and fishing.  Steven and his family attend The Federated Church of Sandwich. Mr. Battaglia joined the Clapham School Faculty in 2016.

Hannah Bramsen

Hannah Bramsen

Upper School Humanities and Drama, Theatre Director

Hannah Bramsen graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English literature and Theatre Arts from Gordon College. While at Gordon she had the privilege of participating in a great books honors program called the Jerusalem and Athens forum, as well as the opportunity to study at Oxford University in England and Jerusalem College in Israel. After graduating, she worked as a theatre-teaching artist for Chicago public schools, and has worked as a stage manager for various Chicago theatre companies. Hannah and her husband have one son named Erik and they enjoy kayaking, traveling and cross-country skiing. They attend All Souls Anglican Church. Mrs. Bramsen joined the Clapham School faculty in 2012.

Eva Bushong

Classroom Assistant

Eva Bushong earned a BA in Psychology at Taylor University. While attending college, Eva discovered the fulfilling work of a birth doula and continued to pursue a certification in that field. While in college, Eva was able to spend a semester living in Ireland. Since then, she has found a passion for a simplistic and sustainable lifestyle. This allows her to delve deeper into her hobbies: reading, journaling, and learning new skills. When Eva is not hanging out in her studio-treehouse apartment, she can be found with her niece and nephew, exploring some new adventure together! Eva attends Glen Ellyn Bible Church, where her brother-in-law is the youth pastor. Miss Bushong joined the Clapham School faculty in 2018.

James Cooper

James Cooper

Upper School Math, Economics and Humanities

James Cooper holds a BS in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He joined the faculty of Clapham School in 2017. Mr. Cooper currently lives in West Chicago with his wife, Madeleine, and their son, Benjamin. They attend Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hinsdale. In his spare time, he loves to study the life and theology of Martin Luther, roast coffee from around the world, and tinker with open-source software.

Jeremy Foster

Jeremy Foster

Secondary School Science

Jeremy Foster received his BS in Biology from Wheaton College, with a minor in Psychology. While attending college, he worked in the Biology department as a greenhouse caretaker, TA in Microbiology, and did research with Dr. Koo in the Microbiology department, working on a close cousin of the plague bacteria. After graduating from college, Jeremy worked in a research laboratory, testing biological products to prevent pests and fungi on a variety of crops. Jeremy was born and raised in France, and his love for Biology sparked while going on hikes with his family and bird watching with friends. When he is not thinking about botany, Jeremy cooks, draws, draws, watches documentaries, and occasionally tries to talk about biology to his friends. He attends the Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church. Mr. Foster joined the Clapham School faculty in 2017.

Jenny Johnson

Jenny Johnson

Class Two

Jenny Johnson graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a BS in English Education. As a graduate assistant at Xavier University in Cincinnati, she earned her MBA, helped manage the Xavier Entrepreneurial Center, and received a capstone award in strategic thinking. Jenny has worked extensively in communication, reading specialization, and editing. She has enjoyed serving as a pastor’s wife for 14 years and teaching students of all ages. She and her family are members of College Church. When unable to drink her favorite java at the Art Institute, she can often be found deciding between a fiction or non-fiction book, trying to speak French, experimenting with a new recipe, or sharing a laugh with family and friends. Mrs. Johnson joined the Clapham School Faculty in 2014.

Brian Kelly

Class Six, Middle School Lead Teacher, Upper School Greek

Brian Kelly completed his BA in Biblical Studies and Ancient Language Studies at Wheaton College. While at Wheaton College, he focused on Biblical Greek, but also studied French and philosophy. Brian had the opportunity to work with the Green Scholars Initiative where he and a team published an ancient papyrus fragment of Exodus. Outside of school, Brian enjoys golf, ice hockey, rowing, and visiting the Jersey Shore. Brian and his wife attend Church of the Resurrection. Mr. Kelly joined the Clapham School faculty in 2013.

Julie LeMahieu

Music

Julie LeMahieu graduated magna cum laude with program honors from Northwestern University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. At Northwestern, she was awarded an undergraduate research grant to study parent-child musical interactions. She also worked as a faculty assistant, teaching at-risk Chicago Public School students a global music curriculum. Julie went on to earn a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Chicago as well as Orff-Schulwerk Certification from Vander-Cook College of Music in Chicago. She taught elementary school music for seven years in Lake Forest, IL. Julie and her husband, Nathan, have three children and are members at St. John Lutheran Church. In their free time, they enjoy traveling near and far, exploring local forest preserves, and baking. Mrs. LeMahieu joined the Clapham School faculty in 2017.

Miranda Quinn

Class Four

Miranda Quinn graduated summa cum laude from Belhaven University with a BA in Classical Education Studies and a BMus in Violin Performance. While at Belhaven, Miranda won leadership and service awards for starting a new music society which discussed 20th century classical music and musical aesthetics. She was an honors fellow at Belhaven and received 1st place in Oral Humanities at the Mississippi Honors Conference her senior year. Miranda enjoys long conversations over cups of coffee (or tea), reading books on literature, theology, and music, and learning more every day what it means to be made in the image of God. Miranda and her husband, Dan, attend Church of the Resurrection. Mrs. Quinn joined the Clapham School faculty in 2018.

Naomi Reed

Class Two

Naomi Reed earned her BA in Science and MA in Teaching from Columbia International University. While at Columbia International University, Naomi completed one semester of practicum at Polo Road Elementary School in Spring 2017 and one semester of practicum at Round Top Elementary in Fall 2017. Naomi also student taught at Round Top Elementary in the Spring of 2018. In college she played on both the women’s soccer and basketball teams. She enjoys playing sports, working out, spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling. Naomi recently moved to the area and looks forward to finding a local church with her fiancé. Miss Reed joined the Clapham School faculty in 2018.

Joleen Steel

Explorers Two (Kindergarten)

Mrs. Steel holds a BA in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. Mrs. Steel has taught kindergarten, Second grade and Preschool. She is the former owner and lead teacher of New Song Music Studios. Mrs. Steel is the author of Music for Little Learners as well as several children’s books. In her spare time she speaks at homeschool events and women’s retreats about raising disciples who disciple others. Mrs. Steel is married to Pastor David Steel, together they have three boys and a cute dog named Molly.

Laura Yiesla

Art

Laura Yiesla graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale College with a BA in art and English and a minor in German. While at Hillsdale she joined a traveling summer class that toured England with a literary focus on Shakespeare, Lewis, and Tolkien. During her final semester at Hillsdale, she served as a student art teacher at Hillsdale Preparatory School for K through 8th grades. Upon returning to Illinois, she pursued a certificate in botanical art and illustration from the Morton Arboretum. She serves at Crossway as a book editor; teaches arts, handcrafts, and sewing through 4-H; and regularly demonstrates these at Kline Creek Farm. She also spent a year teaching evening classes in painting for the West Chicago Park District. She attends Glen Arbor Community Church in West Chicago. In true style of her liberal education, she takes pleasure in many things, including reading, sketching, canoeing, gardening, knitting, and traveling. She seized the opportunity to tour artistic treasures of Rome and Florence, Italy, the summer before she joined Clapham in 2015.

Sally Woodhouse

Class Three

Sally Woodhouse earned a BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University. After college she worked as a nanny on the east coast and taught fourth grade at Westminster Christian School. Sally, along with her husband Ken, spent over twenty years home educating their six children using a classical, Charlotte Mason approach.  Family, decorating, sewing, and skiing (both downhill and water) are among Sally’s passions. Sally and her family attend New Covenant Bible Church. Mrs. Woodhouse joined the Clapham School Faculty in 2015.

Chelsea Yorke

Class Five

Chelsea Yorke completed her BA dual-degree in Elementary Education and Bible from Moody Bible Institute in 2015. She also earned an ACSI teaching certification. After graduating, she spent three years as a Third Grade teacher in a private Christian school. Chelsea is passionate about Christian education and discipleship. She enjoys all sorts of crafting, soaking up the outdoors, reading and rereading Jane Eyre, movie nights with family, and dating her husband, Michael. Chelsea and her husband are members of Grace Church of DuPage, where she has attended most of her life. Mrs. Yorke joined the Clapham School faculty in 2018.

Board of Directors

Doug Wright

President
Doug Wright has an extensive career in the field of sales and marketing in the business arena, serving in leadership roles at companies as diverse as Proctor & Gamble and Bank of America. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Washington State University, and is currently working toward completion of his Masters in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Doug has a passion for teaching and young people, which find their outlet in his church and other settings by teaching youth and adults in the topics of worldview, apologetics and systematic theology. He and his wife live southwest of Chicago.

Mindy Rynbrandt

Board Secretary
Mindy and her family have been part of Clapham School from the start, as one of the founding families. Mindy earned her BA in Communications and an MA in Biblical Theology from Wheaton College. She has worked in academic administration at both Wheaton College and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Most recently, she spent three years living in the Netherlands with her family and, while there, was a practitioner of the Classical-Charlotte Mason approach as a home educator. Mindy and her husband currently live in Wheaton with their four children and attend College Church.

Chris Stiernagle

Treasurer
Chris is the Global Workforce Planning Leader at GE Capital. He received his MBA in Strategy from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Previously he was a Senior Consultant at Towers Watson for over 9 years.

Carolina Dalmas

Carolina Dalmas worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co for eight years before deciding to become a stay-at-home parent. Since then, she has served as Chairperson of the Board at the Huguenot Nursery School in New York City where her children attended pre-school. More recently, Carolina has been an active member of the Clapham School community by serving as the parent volunteer coordinator and as a substitute teacher. She earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Carolina and her husband have two children attending Clapham School. The Dalmas family worships at Wheaton Bible Church.

Dr. Patrick Egan

Patrick Egan spent five years at Clapham School as a faculty member before taking up his current role as Dean of the Upper School at Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to his responsibilities as a dean, he teaches U.S. History and the Junior/Senior Seminar. Patrick also teaches at the Chicago extension campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, providing monthly training in New Testament to inner city ministers. Patrick and his family spent three years living and studying in St Andrews, Scotland. Prior to this, he served as an Assistant Pastor at College Church in Wheaton. He published Ecclesiology and the Scriptural Narrative of 1 Peter with Wipf & Stock. Patrick is married to Kristin and has four children: Laura, Shannon, Joanna, and Cameron.

Stann Leff

Stann spent thirty-five years in the corporate business world of retailing. Twenty-eight of those years were spent as part of the Senior Management team of Human Resources. Since leaving the corporate world, eleven years ago, he has done a variety of things including five plus years as an Executive Director/Pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park IL and service on the boards of MN Special Olympics, Elim Care (Senior Housing) and BPN (Business Professional Network). He currently has a Coaching/Mentoring Business for Pastors, Businessmen, and College Students.  He earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. His Ministry history includes serving as Church Chairman and Elder. He and his wife Gloria have two married daughters and seven grandchildren. They live in Wheaton and attend College Church. His life mission is to glorify God by making disciples changed by God to change the world.